So, who wants to talk about something other than a mascot for a few minutes?
- At CBS, Matt Snyder came up with the all-time single-season Cubs team – as in, the best single seasons at each position. It’s a fantastically fun read, and the kind that is ripe for debate. That magnificent Rick Wilkins season in 1993? That’s actually debatably not the best catcher season in the history of the Cubs (thanks to Gabby Hartnett). That unbelievable Derek Lee season in 2005? Ok, yeah, that was the best first base season. Did you know that Carlos Marmol put together a 2.8 win season (2010) as a reliever? That’s nuts.
- It’s surprising to see the list of pitching seasons (five of them, for starters) without a Kerry Wood mention, but Snyder’s right. I didn’t realize until now looking back that Wood didn’t really have any over-the-top, ridiculously awesome individual seasons. He was great in 1998 (Rookie of the Year) and again in 2003, but his WAR those years was just 4.2 and 3.9. Compare that to Mark Prior’s 2003 season, which netted a 7.5 WAR. Even Carlos Zambrano was actually better, in terms of WAR, than Wood in the 2003 season (4.4 to 3.9). Man, that’s a crapton of wins from just three pitchers … that 2003 rotation was so good … oh no, I’m spiraling into a 2003 season depression …
- Bruce Miles reports it’s bon voyage to Rafael Dolis, who has been signed to a minor league deal by the Giants. The promising reliever couldn’t get his walks under control enough to harness the value of his awesome sinker, and then he got hurt last year when he may have had a chance to stick.
- An interesting FanGraphs read on how teams have approached Carlos Gomez – far more first pitch strikes than usual – given how well he crushes first pitch strikes. Are the scouting reports just wrong on him? Why is it happening?
- Alex Rodriguez has officially filed suit in federal court to try and have the arbitrator’s decision thrown out.